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Howard Mandel


Member profile details

Membership level
Jazz Journalist Emeritus (professional/voting member)
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Role in JJA
I am a jazz
  • writer
  • web producer
  • film maker/videographer
  • audio producer
  • other
  • radio/tv program host/producer
website/blog URL 1
'Friend' me on Facebook at:
Follow me on Twitter at:
jazzbeyondjazz, #jazzlives
I am the author/producer of
Miles Ornette Cecil - Jazz Beyond Jazz
Available at (URL or ISBN #1)
ISBN 0-415-96714-7
I am also the author/ producer of:
Future Jazz
Available at (URL or ISBN #2)
ISBN 0-19-506378-3
Other key Publications/Productions
Jazzography: A profile of the Chicago Jazz Festival at 30;
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz and Blues (Billboard Books)
Downbeat: The Great Jazz Interviews
National Public Radio arts reports
Thelonious Monk Institute's JazzInAmerica online blues curriculum
Senior Contributor, Down Beat;
Articles in The Wire (UK), So Jazz (France), Swing Journal (Tokyo), Bravo! (Brazil); many other periodicals and online publications
Columnist, City Arts-New York's Review of Arts and Culture
My interests in jazz are:
all encompassing: pre-jazz/blues to the avant garde, with specialties including Jelly Roll Morton, classic women singers; early Armstrong, Basie and Ellington; bebop; Chicago blues and jazz (early and avant-garde); 1960s culture; Miles Davis; Ornette Coleman; Cecil Taylor; the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians); free improvisation; American songwriting; jazz composition; jazz in New York, 1959 to present, including loft jazz, "downtown scene,"1982 to present; music of West Africa; salsa and Latin jazz; American studies; jazz and fiction/film/theater; jazz of the future; jazz and world music.
More about what I do:
I want to author or edit long-range book length projects and entertaining yet substantive feature articles for general audiences about unusual, issue-oriented topics. I want to develop online multi-media presentations including reportage and analysis.
I want to teach at the college/university level, as I have for 28 years at New York University.
I want to work in audio and video as well as text. I want to produce action-oriented conferences on arts journalism, and jazz-related topics. I want to produce panel discussions and targeted seminars on diverse music/arts/culture topics. I have designed curriculum for and taught at NYU classes in jazz, blues, "the roots of American music" and world music -- I'm available for lectures and teaching on any related topics.
I support the JJA because
For freelancers, writers and jazz people to stake a claim to treatment as professionals, we must create and sustain a professional climate as can best be done through small non-profit entities such as the JJA. This organization is a bridge between musicians and music-related industries and the media that is most concerned with them. We need to know what we're doing, or at least have the conversation together.
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